New Delhi - India have refused to play a day-night Test
during the tour of Australia later this year because of doubts over the quality
of the pink ball, their cricket board said on Thursday.
"Yes, it's pretty clear that we are not playing a
day-night Test in Australia, no doubt about it," BCCI administrator Vinod
Cricket Australia (CA) had wanted the first Test in Adelaide
from December 6 played under lights to tap on the growing popularity of
But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said
they did not want to get involved in an experiment in a high-profile series.
"We have been saying this all along that we are
experimenting with pink ball cricket in the Duleep Trophy (India's domestic
competition) and that's it for now," said Rai.
CA chief executive James Sutherland has lobbied hard for
top-ranked India to play a day-night match, but hinted the tourists were scared
of conceding an advantage to Australia, who have won all three pink ball Tests
"I think everyone in world cricket knows that, to be
frank, I think they want to come out here and beat us," said Sutherland.
"There's a sense, or a reality, that Australia has won
each of the pink-ball Test matches that have played in Australia and there may
be a sense that it gives us a bit of an advantage," Sutherland told SEN
Radio on Wednesday.
Observers believe the tour could be one of India's best
chance to record a first Test series win in Australia as the hosts' star
players Steve Smith and David Warner are serving 12-month bans for ball
Rai, who heads a special committee appointed by India's
Supreme Court to run the BCCI, said India would not be forced into playing a
"Nobody can put a gun on to our head and say play
(day-night cricket). There have been doubts about the pink ball itself in Duke
and Kookaburra," Rai said, referring to the English and Australian ball
The powerful BCCI are one of the few national governing
bodies to have avoided playing pink ball cricket at the international level.
India experimented with pink ball cricket in its Duleep
Trophy domestic championship in 2016 but administrators and top players are
wary about playing at international level.
India are will tour Australia from November 21 to January 19
with four Tests, three Twenty20 internationals and three one-day games on the
Australia, after playing the first floodlit Test at the
Adelaide Oval in 2015 against New Zealand, also hosted South Africa the
following year and England last November in day-night Tests. They won all the